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From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs
NPR ^ | April 2, 2013 | Alastair Bland

Posted on 04/21/2013 3:30:01 PM PDT by grundle

Matt Miller, an Idaho-based science writer with The Nature Conservancy, says rodents and other small livestock represent a low-impact meat alternative to carbon-costly beef. Miller, who is writing a book about the ecological benefits of eating unconventional meats, visited Colombia several years ago. At the time, he says, conservation groups were expressing concern about local ranchers clearing forest to provide pasture for their cattle — activity that was causing erosion and water pollution.

"They were encouraging people to switch from cattle to guinea pigs," Miller says. "Guinea pigs don't require the land that cattle do. They can be kept in backyards, or in your home. They're docile and easy to raise."

According to activists, eating guinea pig is good for the environment.

To render a pound of meat, a cow, he explains, may require 8 pounds of feed. A guinea pig only needs 4.

... a guinea pig herd consisting of two males and 20 females can sustain itself while providing meat for a family of six.


(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: agriculture; cuy; dining; eats; efficiency; guineamcnuggets; guineapigs; meat; rodents; vegans; vegetarian; vegetarianism; vegetarians
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To: Tijeras_Slim

You know Manderson Pooper? I’m impressed.


51 posted on 04/21/2013 4:14:10 PM PDT by carriage_hill (No one can go back and make a new start, but anyone can start from now, and make a new ending.)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

A pig that likes donuts???? UNFREEPINGBELIEVABLE


52 posted on 04/21/2013 4:18:27 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: stars & stripes forever

A tethered guinea pig in the everglades will attract a python that can be killed and a bounty coillected. With the bounty one can buy a steak


53 posted on 04/21/2013 4:19:49 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: grundle
I bought two “female piggys” a few years back for pets and 6 months later had 10.
The critters can get prego immediately after birthing.
These are great for preppers.
Cute too.
54 posted on 04/21/2013 4:20:58 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
I knew a pig that, no kidding, loved donuts.

That's a horrible thing to say about me.

55 posted on 04/21/2013 4:23:35 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: bert
Due to the fact that most commercial rabbit operations are small, and the diseases that prey on rabbits are highly communicable, there are some very restrictive mareting orders on rabbits.

These apply to people who breed them for any purpose (meat, to fur, to Easter presents), and to amateurs as well as professionals.

What that means is even if you give your rabbits away, there are restrictions on how many and under what conditions.

None of the marketing order rules on rabbits make much sense in terms of how cattle and chickens are raised, and that's where folks get in trouble raising rabbits.

We've discussed the marketing orders on FR in the past ~ they actually do make sense for commercial rabbit raisers, but basically if you want to raise rabbits for home consumption, keep them there! Don't give away even one!

56 posted on 04/21/2013 4:26:14 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Tijeras_Slim

>>I know a guy who ate gerbil, said it tasted like crap.<<

Did you ask him what crap tastes like?


57 posted on 04/21/2013 4:39:10 PM PDT by B4Ranch ( There's Two Choices. Stand Up and Be Counted ... Or Line Up and Be Numbered.)
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To: bigheadfred

And the local cops would bring said pig boxes of donuts.


58 posted on 04/21/2013 4:41:29 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: grundle; All
What a charming idea! I could get really enthusiastic about eating some little grilled/roasted/breaded? "cuy"...NOT!!!

Call me unadventurous (whoever said NYC sewer rats, RIGHT! Eeewww..no way!) but I'll stick to grilled cheese and veg. if that's the choice!

59 posted on 04/21/2013 4:46:13 PM PDT by 88keys (truth will out...eventually...)
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To: grundle

Just got back from Peru where we were served them as a delicacy. They taste like chicken.


60 posted on 04/21/2013 4:47:28 PM PDT by december12
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To: grundle
I think beef is being down played as emerging economies such as China start wanting beef. Our government, so strapped for cash, wants meat once available for us to be sent to China where it can command a higher price and tariff. The rancher and government benefit, the middle class gets protein deficiency.
61 posted on 04/21/2013 4:51:50 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: null and void

The worst food poisoning I’ve ever had was as a result of eating cuy at a questionable restaurant in Lima. My host was an ex-Chilean marine who found it wise to move to a different country when Pinochet resigned. He wanted to show me a “tipico” Peruvian meal. Not sure if it was God’s punishment for eating a guinea pig or God’s punishment for dining with Manfred. After that trip I advised him to find another IT consultant.


62 posted on 04/21/2013 4:57:08 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

I don’t think it’s the rancher that’s making the big money. It would be the middle man who does the exporting.


63 posted on 04/21/2013 4:59:32 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: wardaddy

Guinea pig ping

Didn’t you have a crazed guinea pig episode in your house this week? (or maybe that was someone else)


64 posted on 04/21/2013 5:03:17 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
"I knew a pig that, no kidding, loved donuts."

What was his name officer Brady?

65 posted on 04/21/2013 5:11:16 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: petitfour

Where’s the Beef!
That dude is Effin Nutz!


66 posted on 04/21/2013 5:11:55 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: B4Ranch
">>I know a guy who ate gerbil, said it tasted like crap.<< Did you ask him what crap tastes like?"

I'd say it is time for a new cook.

67 posted on 04/21/2013 5:13:20 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: grundle

Bm...


68 posted on 04/21/2013 5:17:55 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: oldbrowser

You probably wouldn’t like Bizarre Foods, then.


69 posted on 04/21/2013 5:25:40 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks grundle.
Matt Miller, an Idaho-based science writer with The Nature Conservancy, says rodents and other small livestock represent a low-impact meat alternative to carbon-costly beef.
Yeah, so, next big agitprop wave in the schools will be, "oh, look how heartless meat-eaters mercilessly kill cute little guinea pigs." F- Matt Miller, and F- TNC.


70 posted on 04/21/2013 5:27:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: grundle

-——a guinea pig herd consisting of two males and 20 females can sustain itself while providing meat for a family of six.-——

I find that very hard to believe...


71 posted on 04/21/2013 5:28:05 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: SamuraiScot
Lol. Funny!

Wonder how many g-pigs it would take to fill up a stew pot? Seems like you'd finish off your whole herd in one meal or two. Then what?

72 posted on 04/21/2013 5:30:22 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345

Guinea pigs are delicious. In the Andes, they are considered a delicacy, often served as a shish-kabob on sticks.

The downside is that they are small, and therefore there is more labor in preparing them than there is for larger meat-mammals, like cows, pigs, horses, &c.

People in times of necessity have eaten rats, and report that they are not bad.

But if one is to try rodents, why not research the large ones? I believe that the largest rodent is the capybara. It should be really good.
See: http://www.rebsig.com/capybara/capymeat.html

The capybara has white, pork-like meat, and perhaps for this reason the Vatican has declared it a “fish” (biology not being a required course in that venue!), allowable for consumption during lenten fasts.


73 posted on 04/21/2013 5:56:58 PM PDT by docbnj
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To: docbnj

Exactly. Bizzre Foods.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuXKGuxB9Zc


74 posted on 04/21/2013 5:59:31 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: piasa
they`re actually very friendly animals

So are cows, chickens, and ducks.

I spent my summers from the age of 10 till 17 working on my Uncle's dairy farm and I can say that more often than not, cows are quite cantankerous.

75 posted on 04/21/2013 6:01:33 PM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: JZoback
They are the very large variety of Guinea pigs. About the size of a cow.
76 posted on 04/21/2013 6:04:07 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: grundle

Three letters: ick.


77 posted on 04/21/2013 6:11:03 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: grundle

No.


78 posted on 04/21/2013 6:22:05 PM PDT by cydcharisse (`)
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To: grundle
Saw lots of them alongside the road while in Equador.

The Equadorians have stands (like hot dog stands) selling grilled "Cuy." Their little pelts stapled along the back wall for show!

I was told, when inquiring as to the taste, only that they were very greasy.

Some friends had such fun teasing me about my utter shock of witnessing this spectacle, that they gave me an ornate key holder made to look like a Cuy stand.

Every time I look it, I laugh and remember those little rodents being roasted on spits everywhere in and around Quito.

79 posted on 04/21/2013 6:29:55 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: OldMissileer
I spent my summers from the age of 10 till 17 working on my Uncle's dairy farm and I can say that more often than not, cows are quite cantankerous.

Can't blame them for wanting to give you tat for teat!

80 posted on 04/21/2013 6:55:32 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Average Al

I’m not sure that I want a cook who can make crap tasty. The importance of knowing what you are eating is knowing what it was before it went into the kitchen.


81 posted on 04/21/2013 7:05:49 PM PDT by B4Ranch ( There's Two Choices. Stand Up and Be Counted ... Or Line Up and Be Numbered.)
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To: B4Ranch
"The importance of knowing what you are eating is knowing what it was before it went into the kitchen."

That eliminates most fast food. :-)

82 posted on 04/21/2013 7:08:31 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: muir_redwoods

During WW2 my family and our neighhbors enjoyed chicken, turkey, duck, turtle and rabbitt., because of rationing. When one is hungry you don’t need filet mignon or lobster!! Besides they are tasty.


83 posted on 04/21/2013 7:11:11 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: piasa

Most cows, chickens,or ducks don`t sit in your lap so you can pet them. Eat your pets if you will, I`ll still say NO THANKS.


84 posted on 04/21/2013 7:14:06 PM PDT by nomad
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To: grundle

I have a rule - never eat anything that we had as pets.

This leaves out g-pigs, hamsters, rabbits, dogs, cats, birds, and ducks. Fish is okay but I only eat canned tuna or canned/frozen salmon.
I do not eat any organ meats even in processed foods. I read labels and if I see something like beef hearts I toss it back on the shelf.
I also don’t eat wild game - exception is gator which is yummy. I have had Bison but that was farm raised.

I admit I’m a picky eater. I can’t stand even the smell of canned spinach, bananas, and all melons except watermelon.


85 posted on 04/21/2013 7:49:37 PM PDT by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57 -- 6-22-02)
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To: Average Al

I’m rarely in a hurry these days so fast foods aren’t a normal part of my diet.


86 posted on 04/21/2013 8:57:36 PM PDT by B4Ranch ( There's Two Choices. Stand Up and Be Counted ... Or Line Up and Be Numbered.)
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To: Bob

Guinea pig daddys make good daddies and can stay with the family, but you have to remove him as soon as the babies are born cause the female can mate 24 hours after giving birth....after a week, daddy can go back to the family...


87 posted on 04/21/2013 9:32:29 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: petitfour

yep...mass murder


88 posted on 04/21/2013 9:47:08 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: wardaddy

Nature taking its course. Ya could have shared dinner with that vicious beast. And then had her for dessert. Lol


89 posted on 04/21/2013 10:28:27 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: grundle

Guinea Pigs might be good eating. However shipping them has problems.

Because Pigs is Pigs...

“Pigs is Pigs” by Ellis Parker Butler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYXlF3sa9xs

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2004


90 posted on 04/22/2013 8:08:10 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

What you say may be the truth. What is going on with beef would be a good research topic. Those who hold public office in the United States have learned to “Demonize then profitize, remember tobacco. They are now starting to demonize beef.


91 posted on 04/22/2013 8:31:02 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

I have a buddy that is a rancher and through the years I’ve noticed that the grocery store price increases are not directly tied to what he is getting for cattle at market.


92 posted on 04/22/2013 8:58:49 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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